Student Housing & University Real Estate Initiative

The mission of The SHURE Initiative is to improve student lives and enhance the built environment in university neighbourhoods.


The Most Important U.S. Student Housing & University Real Estate Event of 2024
The May 9, 2024 | The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Featured Speakers & Advisors

Tadros Abdelmalek
National Director of Business Development, Campus Life & Style
Emmanuel Adegboyega
President Executive Board, Residence Hall Association (RHA), SFU Residences
Matt Ascher
Senior Director, Northwestern Mutual
Will Baker
Senior Managing Director | Real Estate Finance, Walker & Dunlop
Christopher Chadwick
Managing Director, Feldman Ruel Urban Property Advisors
Martine Combal
Senior Vice President, JLL Higher Education Practice, JLL
Jini Cook
Director of Real Property & Space Management, James Madison University
Andrew Costas
Managing Director - Student, Landmark Properties
Bailey Hopple Edelson
Principal , Buchanan Partners
Gary Fleisher
Editor, Modular Home Source
Peter Katz
Executive Managing Director - Investments, Marcus & Millichap
President & CEO, The University of British Columbia Properties Trust
Richard Keyser
Vice President - Commercial Development, Toll Brothers Commercial
Mike Kivitz
Director, Strategic Partnerships, The Preiss Company
Eric Leath
Senior Director, Landmark Properties
Charlie Matthews
Founder & CEO, House Analytics
Debra Nauta-Rodriguez
Associate VP Facilities / University Architect, The Catholic University of America
Rainer Nonnengässer
Senior Managing Director , Amro Real Estate Partners Limited
Virginia Pérez Nieto
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Spain ambassador at Co-Liv
Miles H. Orth, III
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Campus Apartments
Ian Peahota
Director of Design Management, The Michaels Organization
David Pierce
Principal, Parallel Company
Frederick W. Pierce, IV
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pierce Education Properties
John Pollard
Owner and President, Real Estate Advisors Ltd, LLC
Mike Porritt
Vice President – International, Advisory Services, The Scion Group
Donna Preiss
Founder & CEO, The Preiss Company
Dan Smith
Managing Director, Student Housing Consultancy
Greg Rogers
CEO , UM Properties GP
Howard Stewart
Managing Partner, Stewart Search, Inc.
My name is Emmanuel Adegboyega. I am a Political Science major with an International Studies and Criminology minor. I am the current Residence Hall Association (RHA) President at SFU and a councillor on the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). My passion is to advocate for students and to be a voice for the voiceless. I am currently in my third year of my degree and I aspire to go to law school after my undergraduate studies.
Mr. Ascher joined Northwestern Mutual in 1997 to build upon his career as an institutional quality real estate investor. As a production officer of the company, Mr. Ascher is responsible for originating, underwriting, and closing both debt and equity investments in commercial real estate. Since joining Northwestern, Mr. Ascher has originated over $2 billion in real estate equities and over $3 billion in mortgage loans. Mr. Ascher’s most recent deal was the $305 million acquisition of Two Constitution, a 589,000 sf office building leased to the Department of Justice.
Mr. Chadwick is a Managing Director with Feldman Ruel Urban Property Advisors based in its main office. Mr. Chadwick leads the company’s efforts in the multifamily sector in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, working extensively with high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and institutional firms. He provides brokerage services focusing on business development, transactional work, execution strategies, and tax credit consulting. Since beginning his brokerage career in 2006, he has represented client in transacting more than $1 billion of multifamily assets. Mr. Chadwick is also the company’s tax credit specialist, with expertise in both the LIHTC and HRTC industries. His extensive transaction record and robust skill set allows him
Ms. Combal is Senior Vice President in the Public Institutions group of JLL for the Mid-Atlantic region. She joined JLL in January of 2017 to support a broad range of clients, including several federal agencies. Ms. Combal is currently managing and supporting several due diligence and feasibility reports for the General Services Administration, as well as lease valuations and negotiation strategies for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. She also currently manages the portfolio asset management project for the District of Columbia Department of General Services, which included the verification of over 1,200 real estate assets and 280 leases, as well as the identification of over 2,000 remaining District assets.
Andrew joined Landmark Properties in 2015 and his responsibilities include identifying suitable investment opportunities, underwriting key markets, working with land sellers, overseeing design development, managing financial underwriting, securing capital from debt and equity partners, managing entitlements and closing. Prior to joining Landmark, Andrew worked for North American Properties on the acquisition and finance team and then the multifamily development team. During his tenure at North American Properties, Andrew was involved in all aspects of the investment cycle from site identification to disposition across retail, multifamily, and mixed use product types.
Peter Katz is an Executive Managing Director Investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix Office. As a multifamily specialist based in the Southwest, he also serves as a Senior Director of the firm’s National Multifamily Group. He joined the firm in 1991, and has specialized in the sale of institutional-grade multifamily properties. He was promoted to Vice President Investments in 1999, and then, promoted again to Senior Vice President Investments in 2008, the second highest distinction awarded to agents throughout the firm. During his 20 year career in commercial real estate sales, Mr. Katz has closed approximately $3 billion in multifamily transactions.
Our mission at UBC Properties Trust is to build a financial legacy and create innovative spaces for learning and living at UBC. We have been active for over 30 years and are a private company wholly owned by UBC. UBC Properties has built over 12 million square feet of space for UBC in Vancouver and Okanagan and have become one of the largest developers in the province. We have created 32 residential rental buildings providing 1700+ homes for UBC faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Our team develops highly complex and innovative projects for UBC, including Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Student Union Building (The Nest), UBC Aquatic Centre, Tall Wood and The Exchange Residences.
Mike Kivitz joined The Preiss Company in 2010 and currently serves as Director, Strategic Partnerships. Mike is primarily responsible for initiating and executing strategic growth opportunities for TPCO third-party management platform. Mike will continue to maintain close relationships with existing partners and clients, as well as seek new relationships in both student and conventional multifamily housing. Additionally, Mike assists the new business development team with market research and due diligence efforts for both acquisitions and dispositions.
Eric joined Landmark Properties as a Development Manager in 2018. His primary responsibilities include assisting senior developers with identifying and underwriting investment opportunities, managing the development process, securing financing and ensuring delivery. Prior to joining Landmark, Eric worked for Anthony Property Group in Raleigh, NC on acquisitions and development of conventional multifamily and light-industrial properties. Eric also has experience in the student housing sector with Corvias Campus Living. Eric attended North Carolina State University graduating with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration.
Charlie Matthews is the CEO and Founder of House Analytics, a dynamic brand ecosystem that includes College House and Senior House. Spearheading innovation in commercial real estate intelligence, House Analytics empowers professionals with advanced tools for well-informed decision-making across a range of business lines.
Debra Nauta-Rodriguez, FAIA, LEED-AP, is the Associate Vice President for Facilities and University Architect at The Catholic University of America. She and the Facilities group oversee the stewardship of the University’s places and spaces, including 51+ buildings, over 2.5M gsf, on over 173 acres. Ms. Nauta-Rodriguez leads a diverse workforce responsible for campus planning, design, construction and facilities management, operations, and sustainability. The work of the Facilities Division enables the University community to pursue scholarship, research, teaching, learning, spiritual celebration, residential life, and athletics by providing the environments necessary for the activities of faculty, students, alumni, visitors and staff.
Responsible for the Sponsor’s PBSA business in new European student housing markets, including Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Rainer has over ten years of experience in continental European PBSA and micro living. In his previous role as executive chairman and CEO of International Campus Group, he steered IC Group to a sector-leading position of c. 8,000 PBSA beds across markets.
Fred Pierce is President and CEO of Pierce Education Properties (“PEP”), a leading national student housing investment and operating company listed amongst the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (2018 & 2019). Mr. Pierce was selected as one of 24 national “Student Housing Pioneers” by Real Estate Forum (2013), received Ernst & Young’s San Diego Region “Entrepreneur of the Year®” Award for the Real Estate & Construction Industry (2012), was named one of “50 Influential Leaders in San Diego” by the San Diego Daily Transcript (2017, 2018 & 2019), was included amongst the “San Diego 500 Influential Business Leaders” (2018, 2019 & 2020) by the San Diego Business Journal, among other awards.
Significant projects include: Yale University - Urban retail redevelopment and leasing to revitalize the downtown retail districts surrounding the main campus areas in New Haven, CT. Timex - Development consulting to determine highest and best use of surplus real estate. Currently developing a 79 home active adult high end residential community in Middlebury, CT. Manchester I-84 Associates - Provided asset and property management services for a portfolio of six big box retail shopping centers in Connecticut. Increased cash flow and value prior to the portfolio sale to a major REIT in 2006.
Mike Porritt has 15 years of Executive Director or Director level experience in student housing at institutions in the United States and Canada as well as purpose-built off campus student housing in Waterloo and London, Ontario. His work includes the development of academic integration programs now in place today within residential programs at McGill University (Quebec), Trent University (Ontario), Winona State University (Minnesota) and Appalachian State University (North Carolina). Combined with his experience in market analysis, planning for new construction and major renovations, he contributes a wealth of knowledge both in the Canadian higher education and residential landscape and the US student housing sector.
Dan Smith is Managing Director at Student Housing Consultancy, a leading global real estate advisory specialising in student accommodation. Our experienced consultants work with investors, asset managers, operators, developers, universities and Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) industry partners to add value through a range of consultancy services. We offer project-based consultancy or retained advisory to add knowledge, resource and most importantly, value.
UM Properties is led by President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Rogers, who was hired through a national search in September 2019. Greg has over 30 years of commercial and residential development experience in Canada and the US. His track record with large-scale development in other major centres in Canada and the U.S. provides a unique advantage to the vision and strategy for the Southwood Circle community. Greg is a leader in sustainable development. In the 1990’s he was one of the first to retrofit a Canadian portfolio of office buildings. He joined David Suzuki on a speaking tour to promote commercial office building retrofits. Greg was also the head of a major North American homebuilder’s sustainability office.
For over 25 years, I have been a headhunter and executive recruiter at Stewart Search Inc, a specialized firm that sources high impact talent for the real estate and construction industry. I pursue top talent from your competitors and create environments that empower people to empower others. My mission is to deliver quality candidates for your company in the areas of modular, student housing, self-storage, MMJ, multifamily and commercial property management, development, warehouse, home building, cybersecurity, oil, energy, and land. I use direct recruiting, advanced technology, and absolute integrity to ensure your satisfaction and success. I handle your assignment personally and professionally, with no redundancy or costly errors.

About: SHURE is a unique platform that brings all types of real estate impacted by the university environment into focus, including the myriad of on-campus buildings (academic, athletic, retail, self-storage, cold storage, housing, mixed-use, office) and off-campus buildings (conventional multifamily for rent, residential, private student housing, purpose-built student accommodation, faculty housing, and mixed-used).

With the mission to improve student lives and enhance the built environment in university neighborhoods, SHURE International Outlook & Industry Collaboration will convene on May 9, 2024, at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Attendees and participants will represent the most active university real estate executives  (including property trusts and boards of trustees), commercial real estate developers, institutional investors, capital sources, and other owners in the market. 

In addition, SHURE will bring together the most innovative firms working in property technology and campus technology. 

“SHURE is a not-to-be-missed event for professionals and executives who work in or support university real estate and student accommodation,” Andrew Parr, Associate Vice-President – Student Housing and Community Services, The University of British Columbia.

“I wanted to personally thank you for this amazing  event.”

– Jonas Emre, Founder & CEO, Harrington Housing


“Thanks for putting together a great conference.”

– Neil Murray, Development & Asset Manager, Podium Developments


“My thanks for such a wonderful event.”

– Valerie Bruce, Interim Director – Student Housing and Community Care, Toronto Metropolitan University



The following is a list of topics that will be covered in each of three separate tracks. For an in-depth look at topic breakdowns, speakers and additional learning opportunities, please request our full agendas here. Agendas are subject to change.

MAY 9:  University Real Estate Master Planning

Thesis: Universities are often the most impactful municipal landlords, boasting a robust portfolio of academic, athletic facilities, retail and housing assets. Learn from property trust executives, university leadership and other stakeholders about master plans and campus visions.


MAY 9 Track 1: Accommodation for Student Housing

Thesis: Multifamily developers and purpose-built student housing executives are approaching the housing crisis and lack of supply as unique opportunities in today’s investment environment. Learn from institutional investors, pension funds, and private developers about their plans to support new housing supply in university environments.


MAY 9 Track 2: SHURE Property & Campus Technology Xchange

Thesis: Technology that touches or improves the operating environment of buildings for landlords and tenants or enhances day-to-day life at the university. Learn from smart building innovators, including heating/cooling, internet connectivity, marketing/leasing executives, transportation stakeholders, and more.  

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